Third Stage of Labor: Hands Off and Have Patience!
Many families are surprised when I say that I do not touch the baby if all is well, and I do not clamp or cut the umbilical cord until after the placenta has been birthed. They are always curious to know why I do this, since the vast majority of obstetricians clamp and cut the cord immediately, and even a good number of homebirth midwives clamp and cut the cord before the placenta has been birthed.
About Author: Christy “Birthkeeper” Fiscer
Christy “Birthkeeper” Fiscer is a mother of four, as well as a traditional midwife in southern Utah. She believes strongly in undisturbed labor and birth and strives to hold true to this for the families she serves. View all posts by Christy “Birthkeeper” Fiscer